by JOANNA LEI
“Be Our Guests” is the theme of the annual formal to be presented by Renaissance Jan. 28 from 6:30-11 p.m.
Inspired by the upcoming 2017 release of “Beauty and the Beast,” the event will be held at Luminarias Restaurant banquet room, located at 3500 W. Ramona Blvd. at the hilltop of Monterey Park. The restaurant is styled after a Spanish hacienda.
The menu for the event includes caesar salad, lemon pepper chicken, beef lasagna, seasonal vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. A chocolate fountain will be available for dessert.
“I have never been to winter formal, but I think it will be fun. Since it is going to be expensive, I have high hopes that this dance will be successful. Everything in winter reminds me of beautiful things, so I think Luminarias is the perfect spot with all the lights and decorations,” said Rasheeda Miller, sophomore.
Students will vote to select a king and queen for the event. Nominations were taken until Dec. 7 in Room C-206 and top five voting will be in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) Dec. 16. Final voting will be at the winter formal, Jan. 28. This is not to be confused with the winter homecoming court nominations, as they are separate events. However, homecoming will have no dance.
The restaurant has room for about 320 students. Tickets and guest passes are available in Room C-206 starting Dec. 12 until they are no longer available. Guests will be allowed to attend with the proper paperwork filled out, and the cost of the tickets will be the same. Guests need to be under 20 years of age and still in high school.
Since USB cards are no longer being sold, no discounts will be available. Tickets and guest passes are $60 each before break and $65 after. Fundraising to attend formal will not be available.
“Even though it is a big challenge to decorate and plan everything, when everyone is there and everyone is having fun, it is very rewarding to me,” said Amber Sanchez, senior Renaissance member.
Renaissance will host the 16th annual Mr. Schurr High competition March 10.
“Mr. Schurr High is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It has sold out the last 10 years. Students should come and support their friends at an event filled with laughs, excitement and special moments,” said Kenneth Seto, Renaissance adviser.